Cell Phones in the Hindu Kush

Al-Qaeda’s resurgent and it’s putting itself back together on the Afghan-Pakistan border. How are U.S. efforts stacking up? A trip to the region.

Issue: July-Aug 2008

THE LAWLESS border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan has become America's most acute foreign-policy challenge. Virtually every major al-Qaeda attack or plot of the past four years has emanated from the region. Islamic militants threaten not only the nascent democratization and territorial integrity of Afghanistan, but the very stability and future cohesion of nuclear-armed Pakistan.

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